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Candidacy Examination

All full-time Ph.D. students must take their Candidacy Examination within 1 year following successful completion of the Qualifying Examination.  The purpose of the Candidacy Examination (also known as the Proposal Defense) is to have the student clearly define his/her research topic and methods of investigation that will be employed. The examination consists of a written proposal plus an oral examination.  The student is advanced to doctoral candidacy after successful completion of this examination.

  • Nomination of Members for the Proposal Defense/Candidacy Examination [DocuSign]
    • Submitted by student, due 2 weeks prior to exam date
  • Report of the Committee to the GPD [DocuSign]
    • Submitted by the Committee Chair within 3 days of the exam
  • After passing this examination, student will Apply for Admission to Candidacy through the Graduate School.